Date: 1st September 2018
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Yoga, anytime, any place , anywhere
Introducing Somatic Movement Exercise with Nicola Walter
Somatic Movement Exercise, created by Thomas Hanna, looks to educate clients toward a "somatic” perspective, that everything we experience in our lives is reflected in a bodily experience. Connecting at this inner felt-sense level empowers the individual to become more aware of how tension or habitual movement patterns can get stuck in the body and cause discomfort. Then, through tapping into our minds voluntary ability to focus, we can look to re-educate the body to regain comfort and ease. I find this beautifully supports the sutra of sthira sukham asanam in preparing for asana practice.The wonderful journey of study and teaching, started for me some seven years ago when I embarked on the BWY level 4 teaching Diploma. I then deepened my knowledge taking the BWY module in yoga nidra. Not long after that I came to the practice of mindfulness with MindfulnessUK, gaining the Mindfulness and Compassion level 4 CPCAB. And finally, to date, after being introduced to Somatics and taken with the practice for its ability to blend so beautifully with yoga and mindfulness I have recently trained with Align Somatics
I am sure that as yoga teachers we would all agree that the role and value of yoga in promoting physical and mental health for older people cannot be understated. In a recent Sunday Times article, journalist Anna Murphy writes: "Yoga has altered the nature of physical ageing for me. The process no longer feels to me to be only about decline” (Murphy A, 2018).I feel proud to have been part of the start of the BWY Gentle Years Yoga© course, which I recommend unreservedly, and I feel privileged to be able to engage with my older students throughout South Somerset as they get involved in all things yogic each week, helping to promote better quality of life in their, and my, ‘gentler years’
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